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Night Train with Guest Host Aparna Nancherla

Jul 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

| $8
This week’s edition of Night Train will be hosted by the wonderful Aparna Nancherla!

Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! She’s a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance (AKA scribble-scrabble and jibber-jabber). In fact, she most recently wrote for and sometimes appeared on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FX-then-FXX.

Her artistic journey took off in Washington D.C. (it’s all about the Washingtons), but she now resides in the biggest apple in the gosh darn world.

Aparna’s comedic goggles are dry and observational, and her act is sprinkled with absurdist wit and a whimsical point-of-view.

Other credits include Conan on TBS, @midnight and Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central, VH1’s “I Love the 2000s”, Fuse’s White Guy Talk Show, Vulture‘s “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015″, Time Magazine‘s 140 Top Tweeters of 2014, Jezebel’s Comedy Queens of 2014, Time Out NY’s “10 Funniest Women in New York”, Flavorpill’s “11 Essential Young Comedians in New York City”, LA Weekly‘s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch”, Serial Optimist’s “10 Comics You Must Know”, Splitsider’s “10 Up-and-Coming Comedians on Each Coast”, 2013 New Face at the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick, Friends of the People on TruTV, Last Comic Standing, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in Australia, SXSW, SF Sketchfest, OutsideLands, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival, NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, Radio Q on CBC, Above Average, MTV Other, Laughspin, BUST Magazine, Funny or Die, Cosmopolitan, Elle India, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, TimeOut NY, and Slate V.

Comics Aparna has opened for include John Oliver, Tig Notaro, Paul F. Tompkins, Eugene Mirman, Maria Bamford, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, Dave Attell, Rob Delaney, Christian Finnegan, Tom Green, Eddie Brill, Hari Kondabolu, Myq Kaplan, and Chris D’Elia.

Venues and shows she has played include Whiplash at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC which she currently hosts (while Leo Allen is on hiatus), Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Comedy Bang Bang at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (LA), the Hollywood Improv, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s on Broadway, Stand Up NY, the Punchline Comedy Club (SF), the Comedy Bar (Toronto), the DC Improv, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, the Lincoln Lodge (Chicago), and Mottley’s Comedy Club (Boston), as well as a downright gaggle of colleges.

Aparna is also an experienced improviser, having studied at Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in both NY and LA, and the Groundlings, as well as at Lesly Kahn’s school of acting. She may yet perform with latent-but-powerful independent improv group Mythical Newsroom. She has also acted in various sketches, web videos and series, pilots, and short films.

P.S. Every time someone reads Aparna Nancherla’s bio, a puppet gets its strings.

P.P.S. “Oh geez louise Aparna, you are a unicorn in a field full of basic ass horses.”-My friend & colleague, the great Ahmed Huidobro

Rob Cantrell
Stand-Up comedian, actor, rapper, writer and coffee expert Rob Cantrell has been seen on several TV networks, he has made appearances most recently (2013) on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert” and FX’s “Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell”. From 2010-12, Cantrell performed in two full-length Hip-Hop music videos shown on Comedy Central’s “Atom Films” TV program, he was seen in a promo for HBO’s “Flight Of The Concords” and toured in the long running play “The Marijuana-Logues”. He has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the New Music Seminar. On June 1st 2013, Rob released his first all music comedy album titled “Dreams Never Die” with 7 original songs. Rob is based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in Washington DC, but spent part of his youth in a small town in southern Virginia enjoying cheese biscuits. Cantrell first started performing stand-up comedy when he moved to San Francisco after graduating from college with an English Degree and a brown corduroy jacket with paisley patches on the sleeves. After three years of performing Stand-Up in San Francisco, he gained national attention as a top ten finalist on the very first season “Last Comic Standing” on NBC television. He then moved to LA for a while, enjoyed it, but decided he wanted to hone his craft in New York City. He moved to New York in 2005, he now lives in the “County Of Kings” and enjoys designing rainbows with his mind.
Ayanna Dookie
Ayanna Dookie is no stranger to cracking jokes. While attending the University of Maryland, College Park, she recognized her ability to make her classmates laugh, resulting in a daily, unofficial, lunchtime show in the engineer’s lounge. Finally, in October 2004, Ayanna officially hit the stage, becoming a regular in the DC Comedy circuit.
Guy Branum
Guy Branum is a writer and comedian best known for serving as “Staff Homosexual” on Chelsea Lately and his performance as Natalie Portman’s sassy gay friend in No Strings Attached. Noticing a trend? He is currently a staff writer on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and has appeared on E!, MTV, G4, CurrentTV and lots of other channels you’d need to upgrade your cable to watch. He’s also a writer for the new season of Punk’d on MTV and Fashion Police on E!. That means he’s watched the Grammys at Joan Rivers’s house. Jealous? Guy also writes for the “Gay Voices” section of The Huffington Post and occasionally makes web vidoes where he dances around without his shirt on. But mostly, Guy is very, very beautiful and good at having sex.
Robert Dean
Originally from Connecticut, Dean has been living and performing comedy in NY for over six years. He recently headlined Caroline’s on Broadway as part of their Breakout Comedy Artist Series, was a finalist in the NY’s Funniest Competition, and a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central’s Up Next. Dean has been featured at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and in Time Out NY and performs nightly at the best venues and shows in New York and around the country. Dean made his Television debut as Sexy Abraham Lincoln Lobster Man on Comedy Central’s Half Hour with Nick Vatterott. Robert Dean produces a popular weekly stand-up show in Brooklyn, the What About What About Bob? podcast, and does a mediocre Alan Alda impression.
Special Guest DJ Donwill
Donwill is a Brooklyn based rapper artist who has parlayed his passion for music and writing into a wide array of opportunities. He made his debut as a member of quizzically named rap group Tanya Morgan and has since garnered continuous critical acclaim with a string of impressive group and solo releases. A numerous list of stage performances has taken him far and wide on tours where he’s shared the stage with acts that have included the Roots, Souls of Mischief and De La Soul.

Prior to becoming a recording artist he was an 8th grade art teacher and education still plays an important role in his career. Donwill has used his talents as a writer and producer to lead workshops for organizations like Reel Work and Carnegie Hall as well. He is a regular contributor to Flocabulary’s Week In Rap series where he not only writes raps driven by the week’s news headlines but voices them as well.


Jul 27, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


622 Degraw Street
New York, NY 11217 United States
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